These are not just three words but three questions that you ask yourself as you seek to apply God’s word (taken in part from Ed Marcelle at Acts 29 Boot Camp in Raleigh, NC, February 2009). Whether you are leaving a sermon, reading a passage of Scripture or working on a book study, we can ask these three questions to apply Scripture.
1) Eternal: What can you learn about God?
2) Internal: What is God teaching you about your heart?
3) External: What (and with whom) can I share with others?
The thread that ties these three together is the gospel of Jesus.
1) External: Where can we see and know God’s glory the clearest? At the cross (cf. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5).
2) Internal: Where can we get help for our sinful heart? From Jesus, the Savior and substitute for sinners (1 Peter 3:18a).
3) External: What do we need to share with others- either believers or unbelievers? The gospel man – Jesus Christ. The message – Christ perfect yet crucified then raised from dead on the third day, and the gospel’s power and benefits (Romans 1:16).
This week of Easter enjoy growing in God’s gospel for His glory